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Oct 5 2005


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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, musicians anticipate more talks

Nov 23, 2005


Canned 'Carmen' generates protesters at ballet
Oct 9, 2004

Pre-'Carmen' concerts planned outside Benedum to protest ballet cuts
Oct 5 2005

PBT Dancers Show Support
Aug 20, 2005

PSO musicians & respond to PBT
Aug 11, 2005

Pittsburgh Tribune
Aug 4, 2005


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Latest News:

Management of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the musicians in the PBT orchestra have reached an agreement that restores live music for part of the 2006-07 season.  A memorandum of agreement was signed yesterday by PBT and the Pittsburgh Musicians Union, Local 60-471 that details:


The restoration of live music for at least part of the 2006-07 season with PBT agreeing to use the live orchestra for two of five upcoming programs. The new season, including the ballets to be performed to live music, will be announced in  February.


Orchestra members will donate their services at a Gala Opening Night Performance of PBTs Coppelia on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30pm at the Benedum Center.  The orchestra will also donate its services for a pre-opening rehearsal of the production.


The musicians agreed to withdraw an unfair labor practice claim.

During the season, the musicians and PBT will negotiate toward a new contract that assures the presence of live music for the future.

We are glad to be returning to the pit and performing with our artist colleagues of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, said Cynthia Anderson, spokesperson for the orchestra, said Cynthia Anderson, co-chair of the Orchestra Committee. This relationship provides an opportunity for PBT to further its attempts to fully restore live music, stated Harris N. Ferris, PBT Executive Director.

Watch this site for information on the upcoming opening night gala performance of Coppelia with live orchestra.

To all those who expressed support for the orchestra:

Please continue to support live music in the ballet. In order for this company to survive and thrive, the community needs to show its support by attending performances, purchasing subscriptions, and donating to the company. Pittsburgh deserves a world-class ballet company, and the PBT audience deserves live music. Strong community support can help restore the live orchestra to more productions in the upcoming season.

Please visit our How You Can Help page for information on sending your support for the orchestra to the press and to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Management and Board of Trustees.  You, the patrons of the PBT, are the strongest advocates for return of the orchestra. 

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